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Queen Elizabeth's Coronation took place in Westminster Abbey on 2nd June 1953. The whole country rejoiced, and towns and villages were decorated to celebrate the new post-war monarch. Unfortunately, on the day itself, it rained!
The NWN of 4 Dec 1952 reported "Hungerford's Coronation programme will extend over four days. There will be athletic sports, a united service, soap box derby, children's tea party, dancing in the street, a procession and fireworks".
See photo (in Photo Gallery) and notes on the Coronation Cricket Match, Ladies v Men, 1953.
The highlight of Hungerford's decorations was the splendid dressing of the railway bridge across the High Street.
- Coronation Cricket Match, 1953, Ladies v Men. Notes by Jack & Margaret Williams (Apr 2013): Back row L-R: Ron Culley (decd, son of local policeman), Reg Bray (HCC), Jean Quenby (decd, w/o local butcher), Jim Chislett, Unknown, Maureen Eatwell, Bill Ralph (HCC), Pat Smith (moved to USA), Eric Holford (HCC Chairman), Joyce Cox (moved to USA), Fred Holmes (Manager Chilton Engineering), Betty Stockton, Isabel Collier (w/o Methodist Minister - the best lady cricketer!), Denis Brittain (Clerk of Hungerford RDC), Reg Jeal (Headmaster Council School). Seated: Roger Cooke (HCC), Jan Beard, Gerry Face (landlord John o'Gaunt Inn), Margaret Williams (Ladies Captain), Nigel Turner (Men's Captain, s/o President A G Turner), Freda Horwood, John Turner (s/o A G Turner), Anne Teal (d/o Albert Smith of Kennet Motor Works, w/o Tony Teal), Harry Bennet (west box signalman), Mary Osborne. Front: Ann Valle (moved to USA), Ruth Carter (killed in RTA), Dick Carter (local vet, killed in RTA), June Stroud, Sylvia Evans.